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Sundays at CTU Explores Biblical Visions of the Afterlife

November 10, 2011

Over three hundred people gathered to hear Donald Senior, C.P., President and Professor of New Testament Studies, present “Exploring the Farside: Biblical Visions of the Afterlife,” on October 30, 2011.  In anticipation of All Saints and All Souls Days, Fr. Senior used words and images to examine the afterlife as it was understood in Biblical times and how conceptions of life after death have evolved throughout history to shape the ideas we hold today. 

From the lecture:

"Perhaps there is not a text with such a specific reference but the notion of being rejoined with the ones we love—above all, God himself and Jesus, the beloved son—is found in a number of places in the Bible, particularly in the New Testament and even more particularly in the Gospel of John.  Here I would turn to chapter 17 of John, the climactic section of Jesus’ final discourse with his disciples.  With great eloquence and poignancy Jesus speaks of returning to his father through his death on the cross.  That journey through the valley of death would ultimately lead to a joyful and unbreakable reunion with the God who had loved Jesus into existence.  In that unfathomable union of father and son, all who follow Jesus will also share."

Following the presentation, guests participated in Sunday Eucharist and were invited to share the names of loved ones who died during the past year.

The lecture and liturgy were part of the ongoing “Sundays at CTU” series held at CTU four times a year.  Join us on Sunday, February 26, 2012 for a lecture on reconciliation by Robert Schrieter, C.PP.S., Vatican Council II Professor of Theology, followed by Sunday Eucharist and a reception.

If you missed this lecture, it is now on CTU's new multimedia website Learn@CTU. It is available in both audio and video formats.